A Kilrea company that pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a discharge consent was given an absolute discharge for the offences and must pay court costs of £22.
Chic Limited pleaded guilty to the two waste charges at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday [Thursday, November 26].
The company was said to have exceeded the conditions of its discharge consent as samples of effluent taken by water quality inspectors had more oxygen and solids in them than permitted.
A statement from Department of the Environment said: “On 26 March 2014, the department issued an Article 12 Enforcement Notice to Chic Ltd, Garvagh Road, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry as samples taken from “The Big House”, Crankill Road, Ballymena were found to have exceeded the conditions of the Discharge Consent.
“On 29 May 2014 a Water Quality Inspector, acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited “The Big House” as the Article 12 Enforcement Notice had expired on 21 May 2014.
“The inspector collected a statutory sample of the effluent discharging from the sewage treatment plant. The biochemical oxygen demand of the sample was 444 milligrams per litre which exceeded the 10 milligrams per litre consent limit; and a Suspended Solids level of 85 milligrams per litre which exceeded the 15 milligrams per litre consent limit.”
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